Feast for the Soul: Sufi devotional
music of Pakistan
for South Asian Studies welcomes the Farid Ayad Qawwal Ensemble
of Pakistan to Cabell Hall Auditorium April 30 at 8 p.m. to present a special
evening of Sufi devotional music. For tickets, call 924-3984.
Known as qawwali, this music of Sufi Muslims traditionally
serves to lift devotees into states of the mystical ecstasy
extolled by Sufi poets. The ensemble, one
of Pakistan’s best-known groups, has gained international recognition for
its renditions of both the popular traditional form and the ancient classical
style seldom heard today.
The performance will be preceded by a free, pre-concert lecture
Cultural and Musical Dimensions of Qawwali” by Natalie Sarrazin, a lecturer
in the music department, at 7 p.m. in Minor 125.